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Sunday Social: D’ Barrack Yard
August 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Sunday Social at The Bentway Beer Garden
Music, games, food and beverage
Every Sunday, July 8-August 12
Bar Hours: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Augst 5, 4:00pm-6:00pm
D’ Barrack Yard, curated by Rhoma Spencer
On August 5, during Sunday Social at the Bentway Beer Garden, celebrate the traditions of Trinidadian carnival with D’Barrack Yard. D’Barrack Yard takes inspiration from Trinidadian history and carnival celebrations. The barrack yard was traditionally a space that emancipated Trinidadians gathered after leaving the plantation, it was here that the steelpan drum was born, and that revelers congregated on the evening before of J’ouvert morning, the opening of the carnival. On August 5, join Moses Revolution, Connector, and New Dimension Steel Orchestra for The Bentway’s D’Barrack Yard.
4:00pm – Moses Revolution and Connector
5:00pm – New Dimension Steel Orchestra
Moses Revolution | Anthony ‘Mose’ Lewis
Drummer/writer/vocalist/band leader has travelled throughout Europe and several states in North America. After migrating to Canada in 2001 he immediately formed the band aptly called Moses Revolution. They have performed at every Caribana festival since 2001 and have performed at all the major festivals in Toronto including Luminato, Iriefest, Toronto Street festival, Muhtadi Drum Festival, Island Soul at the Harbour Front to name a few. Moses Revolution has accompanied high profile artistes from different genres; working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Percy Sledge, and legendary Reggae crooner Ernie Smith. The band has toured extensively with the Calypso King and Queen of the world, the Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose, taking calypso music to the Yukon and Dawson City. They have also performed at major festivals in Vancouver Island, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Ottawa and Montreal. Recently, the Moses Revolution has collaborated with several artistes to produce a song celebrating Canada’s 150 celebration.
Joel ‘Connector’ Davis
Trinidad born, Joel Davis has a career spanning more than two decades. As singer/songwriter/performer/producer specializing in traditional/contemporary Calypso/Soca. He has an extensive background in performance, music composition and arranging. He began his career in the early 1990s in Toronto and Trinidad. His first hits, “Bump + Shake Yuh Bam Bam” (1996), and “Doh Hide It” were performed in Trinidad at the Soca Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions. He was the first artiste to earn the titles of Canadian Soca Monarch and Caribana Road March king in the same year with “On the Road”. Nominated for The Sunshine Award in New York City with “De Nation Cries”, 2005. Joel represented Canada for Caribana in Hong Kong and has performed In England, Miami and New York. He has hosted his own shows and other events, and in 2016, he won the Canadian Calypso Monarch competition. This past February, he won the Calypso Monarch in Barrackpore/Trinidad with “De Nation Cries”. He has recorded over 50 songs, receiving several awards for his contribution to the artform both in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago.
New Dimension Steel Orchestra
New Dimension Steel Orchestra is a community steelbandwhich started in 1994. This band which continues to nurturetalented children and youths in the North York/Scarborough Community has participated in Toronto Carnival since 1994; They won the Panorama competition in 2001 and place 2nd in the Pan Alive competition in 2009 and since then has been a band to recon with. They have entertained audiences at many private and public functions/events throughout Toronto.
This band is managed by young adults who serve as mentors, volunteers and educators. Their passion for music and playing the steelpan is demonstrated in each performance.
Rhoma Spencer is an award winning actor and director, playwright, acting coach and cultural critic. Her works have been critically acclaimed in the Globe and Mail, Now Magazine and the Toronto Star. In summer 2014 she was the recipient of a US Proclamation from the House of Congress and a Citation from the Brooklyn Borough President for her contribution to Caribbean Theatre with the play Jean and Dinah. She is also named in the Who is Who in Black Canada and in the Trinidad and Tobago 50th Anniversary Publication of Distinguished Nationals in Canada in the field of Arts and Culture. Acting credits include, Jean and Dinah (Lordstreet Theatre) Mad Miss, Fallen Angel and the Devil Concubine (Theatre Archipelago), Stori Ya (b current) and two seasons of the ground breaking Afri-Canadian sitcom, Da Kink in my Hair for Global TV. Film: Sound of Tears (Short) 2014 which received an African Academy Award for Best Narrative Short (Diaspora). The Apartment (TV series Pilot for CCN TV6).